FREE Travel Writing Worshop at Northwest Bookfest!

If there's one word I like to hear, it's 'Pudding'. But if there are two words, then the second would be 'Free' - which is why I'm excited for this coming weekend.

I'll be taking part in Northwest Bookfest 2012 in Kirkland, WA, as part of their extensive writing workshops program. There are many workshops across both days of the book festival, covering everything from book cover design to creating believable characters - and the best part is that they're free. In fact the whole festival is free, leaving you no excuses for being anywhere else this weekend. Where else can you catch bestselling authors like David Guterson and Greg Bear, rising stars like debut novelist Lance Weller, and eat some hand-crafted mini donuts?

My own workshop takes place on Saturday September 22nd at 11.30am, and will run for just over an hour. It will then also be followed by a signing session in the on-site bookstore (run by Parkplace Books), where I'll be signing copies of Ka Mate: Travels in New Zealand. Here's the full description of the workshop:

Traveling can expand your view of the world and offer thrilling new adventures, but turning these experiences into engaging articles and works of non-fiction poses some unique challenges. Whether you’d like to be a roving travel journalist, write a travel memoir – or even incorporate your travel experiences into works of fiction – there are skills and techniques that can bring foreign locations to life on the page. Come prepared to write, and to discuss the options open to the traveling writer.

And remember - the class is FREE and there's no need to pre-register, just turn up on the day with a sharp pencil, and an even sharper brain. And if you're having trouble with that, I hear the donut place also sells excellent coffee...

Full details of this year's Northwest Bookfest, September 22-23, can be found on the festival website. The full list of workshops can also be found here. Hope to see some of you there!